Tube weaning: Ka rawe to Caitlin Mann for publication of her master’s thesis on in-home intervention to transition from feeding tube to eating skills! Ngā mihi to Dr. Sarah Taylor (Leadley) & Rae Zhang.


Prolonged tube feeding has a multitude of negative outcomes. The transition to oral feeding is essential for child and family quality of life. Behaviour-analytic interventions are effective for paediatric feeding disorders, but information is lacking regarding the treatment process and outcomes. This study evaluated a home-based behavioural intervention for a 19-month-old child dependent on tube feeding. An intensive period was followed by caregiver support to advance feeding skills. We applied differential reinforcement and volume fading within a multiple probe design. Results showed clinically significant behavioural and nutritional outcomes, the cessation of tube feeding, and a process valued by the family.

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Dr. Tessa Taylor

Founder, Clinical Psychologist, Behaviour Analyst, Paediatric Feeding International

Paediatric Feeding International provides in-home intensive services and remote consultation for feeding/ARFID and tube weaning using the only well-established empirically-supported treatments for paediatric feeding disorders. We are dedicated to delivering high-quality services and supporting families through their journey. With our guidance and expertise, families can feel assured that their child receives the best care. A process previously exclusive to a few specific locations in the United States, Dr. Tessa Taylor now travels in order to bring the most advanced techniques across the world.

  • Backed by 50 years of evidence
  • Intensive, In-home
  • Tailored for your child and family
  • Works quickly (in days, weeks)
  • Gradual tube reduction
  • Wide variety of healthy foods
  • Teaches independent skills (utensils, cup drinking, chewing, medication)
  • Direct, high level of parent support and help
  • Meals away from home and with other caregivers
  • Funding available (NDIS, Medicare)
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